The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 15, 2013

Donald L. Zechman, 80, Carlisle


The Daily Item

— CARLISLE — Retired Army Lt. Col. Donald L. Zechman, 80, of Carlisle, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his son’s home in Carlisle.

He was born July 26, 1933, in Mifflinburg, a son of the late Charles E. and Florence (Snyder) Zechman.

Don attended Mifflinburg High School, American University and Harrisburg Area Community College along with many other military training courses.

Don always enjoyed working and was a clerk in a general grocery store, a Fuller Brush representative, a machine operator with the Watsontown Cabinet Division of Philco Co. and co-owned with his brother the D&H Zechman Beer Distributors in Mifflinburg. However, Don’s passion was serving his country through the Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard. He served in the active Army during the Korean War and the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged and retired in 1993 as a lieutenant colonel. Don’s last job was working at the New Cumberland Army Depot from 1980 until his retirement.

He attended Bethany Evangelical Church, Carlisle.

Don will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Betty J. (Dieffenderfer) Zechman; two daughters and one son-in-law, Kathy Keiser, of West Chazy, N.Y., and Barbara M. and Kevin Sheriff, of Carlisle; one son and daughter-in-law, Dirk L. and Chris Zechman, of Carlisle; one stepson, James Brown and wife Margaret, of Mifflinburg; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Richard Zechman and Robert and Ruth Zechman, all of Lewisburg; one sister, Betty Auman, of Beaver Falls; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Don was predeceased by three brothers, Kenneth, Harold and Charles Zechman Jr., and two sisters, Geraldine Shively and Thelma Zechman.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Ewing Bros. Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 with Pastor Paul Dunbar officiating. The Cumberland County Honor Guard will perform military honors immediately following the service.

Burial will be at a later date in West Milton Cemetery.

Contributions in Don’s memory may be made to Bethany Evangelical Church or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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